Economic and Educational Aspects of Zoology*


GREAT as have been the results in physical sciences applied to industry, the study of animal life can claim discoveries just as great. Their greatest value, however, lies, not in the production of wealth, but rather in their broad applicability to human life. Man is an animal, and he is subject to the same laws as are other animals. He learns by the experience of his forbears, but he learns also by the consideration of other animals in relationship to their fellows and to the world at large. The whole idea of evolution, for instance, is of indescribable value; it permeates all life to-day; and yet Charles Darwin, whose researches did more than any others to establish its facts, is too often known to the public only as “the man who said we came from monkeys.”


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GARDINER, J. Economic and Educational Aspects of Zoology*. Nature 106, 63–65 (1920).

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